The following classes of forklift describe the application and fuel choice of every forklift. Certification is required for each and every class of forklift that the operator would be using.
Class 1 - Electric Motor Rider Trucks
These forklifts are available with either pneumatic tires or cushion tires. Pneumatic tires are recommended during dry conditions for outdoor application. The cushion tired models are designed for indoor, smooth surfaces. These are electrically powered vehicles which use industrial batteries, which make them desirable in closed locations where the quality of air is an issue. Travel and hoist functions are controlled by transistor motor controllers. These are versatile units normally utilized everywhere from the loading dock to the storage facility.
Class 2 - Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
For the type of environment where narrow aisles should be negotiated, this particular kind of forklift is suitable. They are efficient at maximizing the use of storage space. Their unique design makes them ideal for small spaces and where speed is needed.
Class 3 - Electric Motor Hand or Hand-Rider Trucks
These hand-controlled, battery-powered models are designed for the operator to stand in front of the truck and control the lift using a steering tiller. The tiller has controls mounted on top and is moved sideways in order to steer the vehicle. The units that have smaller capacity use industrial batteries.